Description - Often called 'split rail fence', West Virginia Lap Rail is not
truly split when made; it is cut at a sawmill. One side of the Spruce or Hemlock rail is
often 'half-round' while the other side shows where the rail was put through a saw.
Typically the half-round side is faced out and the cut-side in. WV lap rail utilizes
Locust posts. These posts are also run through a sawmill; the inside and outside of the
post is often cut and the sides may be cut or be a natural half-round. WV lap rail
fence is very rustic in appearance. Each rail and post come in a slightly different size
and shape. WV lap rail is available in a two rail (approx. 36" high - specs) and a three rail
(approx. 48" high - specs)
style. Rails are 11' long and overlap through the posts
to make 10''-3" to 10'-6" post centers. We also off Treated
West Virginia Lap Rail
Advantages - WV lap rail fence is one of the most cost
effective styles for defining boundaries, decorating property, and fencing in livestock
and horses. Lap rail fencing is also one of, if not the easiest style of fence to install
making it an ideal project for the do-it-yourselfer. Posts are typically set directly in
the ground approx. 24-30" deep without any concrete. A tamping bar is used to
compact the dirt around the post while backfilling.
Disadvantages - It is typical to have to
retamp posts plumb after the ground settles around post so that the fence remains upright.
This is especially true if the fence is installed in a wet area or it was wet when the
fence was originally installed. Pouring gravel around the posts instead of backfilling
with dirt will help prevent posts from leaning under the heavy weight of the rails. Fence
requires a preservative for the longest-lasting performance, however most installations
are never treated.
3 rail locust posts and spruce rails located
in Champion, Ohio. Installed by Chad Hoover, Jim Beutler and Bobcat, who installed over
5000' here and elsewhere in less than 6 days.
The WV lap rail gate utilizes white cedar
uprights to cut down on the weight of the gate. Using locust posts to make a WV lap rail
gate would just be too heavy. End posts are used to fabricate these gates.
- I just took delivery on my order and I wanted to tell you how pleased I am in the
quality of the lumber. I really appreciate Hoover Fence working with me on this relatively
small order. I also want to thank the driver (I didn't get his name) who took a lot of
time to skillfully back his flatbed into my narrow street so we could unload directly onto
my utility trailer at the top of my driveway. I intend to e-mail you a picture of the
completed fence. Thanks again.